Handy GPS

Handy GPS

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The perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. Seek, find, record and return home with Handy GPS.

This app is a real navigation tool designed for outdoors sports like hiking, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and trail riding. Its simple to use and works even in the remotest back country since it doesn't need network connectivity. It allows you to work in UTM or lat/lon coordinates so you can use it with your paper topographic maps. Waypoints and track logs recorded in the field can be be viewed later in Google Earth.

Base features:
* Shows your current location in easting/northing (UTM) or in lat/lon.
* Shows your speed, direction of travel, and total distance travelled in either metric of imperial/US units.
* Can store your current location as a waypoint, and can store a tack log to show where you've been.
* Waypoints and track logs can be imported from and exported to Google Earth KML and GPX files.
* Allows manual entry of waypoints in UTM or lat/lon coords.
* Can guide you to a waypoint with the "Goto" screen using true or compass bearings.
* Optional audible proximity alarm on goto page.
* Has a magnetic compass page (on devices with mag sensors only).
* Computes the local magnetic declination at startup using the IGRF-11 model, for use on the goto page.
* Can display either a simple map of your current location and the stored waypoints, or a Google Map if a data connection is available.
* Supports the world-wide WGS84 datum along with the Australian datums and map grids AGD66, AGD84, GDA94, AGD, GDA, AMG, and MGA. (You can also use WGS84 for NAD83 maps).
* Shows satellite locations and signal strengths graphically.
* Can display simple or MGRS grid refs.
* Waypoint to waypoint distance and direction.
* Has online help pages.
* Thoroughly tested by the developer on bushwalks.

Extra features available only in this paid version:
* A custom datum can be configured using ellipsoid and shift parameters.
* An email or SMS containing a clickable link showing your location can be sent to a friend.
* An elevation profile of your route can be shown.
* Can average GPS locations over time to give a more accurate result.
* Can take photos, which are optionally geotagged, directly from the app.
* Unlimited number of waypoints and track log points. (The free version is limited to 3 waypoints and 20 tracklog points)
* Show sun rise and set times.
* Turn on/off flashlight from within app.
* Export waypoints to a CSV file in UTM or Lat/Lon coordinates

Permissions required: (1) GPS - to determine your location, (2) Network access - for access to Google Map tiles, (3) SD card access - to load and store waypoints and tracklogs, (4) Camera access for taking pics, and (5) Prevent phone from sleeping so that proximity alarm works.

Disclaimer: You use this app at your own risk. The developer accepts no responsibility for you getting lost as a result of using this app. Batteries in mobile devices can go flat. An alternate power source is recommended for extended hikes.

Note that this app is also now available for iPhone and Windows Phone 8. Please see the respective app stores for details.

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Recently changed in this version

9.7: Added option on Goto page to toggle between using true and magnetic bearings.
9.6: Fixed bug which was preventing GPS location from being acquired on some devices, Also show zone letter with waypoint properties.
9.5: Added option to export waypoints to a CSV file (full version only).
9.4: Added UTM zone letter to zone shown on main page, Added option on map pages to auto-centre on current location.
9.3: Increased size of person icon to make your current location more easily visible.

Comments and ratings for Handy GPS
  • (74 stars)

    by Stewart Geard on 16/11/2014

    I keep loosing satalites and seem to have to uninstall and reinstall to make it work again

  • (74 stars)

    by Brett Barr on 08/11/2014

    Had to map out 8 miles of trails on my property. Breadcrumb feature is awesome.

  • (74 stars)

    by Richard Douglas on 07/11/2014

    Very good app

  • (74 stars)

    by Richard Hartwig on 06/11/2014

    Just when I think it would be nice if......it gets updated and its there

  • (74 stars)

    by Dianne Hicks on 21/07/2014

    Very handy, great for navigation in Australia and beyond. Has not missed a beat.

  • (74 stars)

    by Geoff Benn on 20/07/2014

    Simple works well. No concerns

  • (74 stars)

    by Frank Ogden on 16/07/2014

    I have been involved with outdoor pursuits such as paragliding, climbing and walking for over ten years during which I have used pocket GPS instruments regularly. This app offers full equivalence without compromise. Superb!